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  • sitting bull 17:08 on 2018-09-15 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , matter, , senses,   

    The comfort to know that any tragedy may even lead to your higher purpose 

    When talking about health-issues, someone recently did recommend to me the book “You can heal your life” by Louise Hay, which I want to pass onto you.
    Additionally I want to share a tragic story about a little boy who did cause an accident which then made him go blind. Whilst this is any parent’s nightmare, what I just read on Wikipedia, made me re-evaluate my narrow-minded pity which only was focussed on enabling all of us to “enjoy life to the fullest” by replacing it with a higher purpose:

    Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, a small town about twenty miles east of Paris, on 4 January 1809. He and his three elder siblings – Monique Catherine (b. 1793), Louis-Simon (b. 1795), and Marie Céline (b. 1797) – lived with their parents, Simon-René and Monique, on three hectares of land and vineyards in the countryside. Simon-René maintained a successful enterprise as a leatherer and maker of horse tack.

    As soon as he could walk, Braille spent time playing in his father’s workshop. At the age of three, the child was playing with some of the tools, trying to make holes in a piece of leather with an awl. Squinting closely at the surface, he pressed down hard to drive the point in, and the awl glanced across the tough leather and struck him in one of his eyes. A local physician bound and patched the affected eye and even arranged for Braille to be met the next day in Paris by a surgeon, but no treatment could save the damaged organ. In agony, the young boy suffered for weeks as the wound became severely infected; an infection which then spread to his other eye, likely due to sympathetic ophthalmia.

    Louis Braille survived the torment of the infection but by the age of five he was completely blind in both eyes. Due to his young age, Braille did not realize at first that he had lost his sight, and often asked why it was always dark. His parents made many efforts – quite uncommon for the era – to raise their youngest child in a normal fashion, and he prospered in their care.

    He learned to navigate the village and country paths with canes his father hewed for him, and he grew up seemingly at peace with his disability. Braille’s bright and creative mind impressed the local teachers and priests, and he was accommodated with higher education. He excelled in his education and received scholarship to France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth.

    While still a student there, he began developing a system of tactile code that could allow blind people to read and write quickly and efficiently. Inspired by the military cryptography of Charles Barbier, Braille constructed a new method built specifically for the needs of the blind. He presented his work to his peers for the first time in 1824.

    In adulthood, Braille served as a professor at the Institute and had an avocation as a musician, but he largely spent the remainder of his life refining and extending his system. It went unused by most educators for many years after his death, but posterity has recognized braille as a revolutionary invention, and it has been adapted for use in languages worldwide.

    So the sarcasm is that exactly the action which was initially tragic for him – piercing lether with an awl – is what was needed for him not only to focus on creating blind-signs, but it is also the elevation from piercing material which is the way to make signs palpable. And without that he would have just been any 43 year old man who by now is long forgotten, but now he is remembered over centuries.
    Additionally this made me realise:
    Whilst we define reality on our physical senses of seeing, hearing, smelling/tasting and touching, who is to say that we don’t also that the (in my eyes wrongly named) “extrasensory” perceptions or  psychic abilities such as intuitiontelepathypsychometryclairaudience, and clairvoyanceprecognition and retrocognition, are not something which everyone should have? (In ancient text there certainly are references as to times in which most humans were capable of those.)

    So are not most of us disabled and just don’t (want to) know it?

    So maybe instead of worrying, complaining or being frustrated about a loss of part of the tiny physical realm we rather should focus on reclaiming our long lost spiritual abilities by elevating our presence by any means necessary (as described in my still ongoing series about keys to understanding the universe).

    In todays brainwash of advertisements we are guided through excitement towards buying certain products by insinuating that life would be “all about being able to have (most youthful) fun right now”. So now you ask you why this is damaging? Because the ever lasting excitement misses out on necessary guide-rails which protect us from deep suffering.

    A huge part of life are the principles of Saturn which you could see as the checkout in a supermarket: At one point you have to pay for what you did put (mentally) in your basked (throughout your entire life). Looking at history: at no point in history was society focussed merely on having fun (except in decadent times amongst a tiny elite, such as Roman emperors), so because we are tricked by psychology  into buying into the pleasure centers or our brains, we overlook the largest aspects of our lifes.

    Think of it: It is logical that materialistic pleasures (of our materialistic senses) can only cover 0.4% of it, when the vast majority of the universe is not matter to be experienced with those senses:

    Since I do focus on my higher purpose, what I did so far interpret as health-inconveniences of ageing is slowly being replaced by me acknowledging physical issues as balustrades of my inner voice which protect me from straying away to far into the meaningless distractions of excitement. After all the outsourcing of our mind distracts from connecting to the source of ourselves and the universe – something which sorcerers . I won’t say that I am all content about my life at all, but in wise moments I remind me that:

    • My body did put on weight, because I wanted to protect myself from unsuitable sexual enocunters, which could have led me into longterm troubles,
    • my health-issues made me stop running around in order to learn stillness,
    • and what I often perceive as weaknesses are often sensitivities showing me what is right for me.

    So whenever inner turmoil comes up, I remind myself of to compare myself to others who seemingly are better of than me, but to slowly walk backwards out of the maze I did entangle myself in for decades, and whenever the question “why me?” comes up, my answer is: “because … me“.

     

     

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    • JV Avadhanulu 7:34 on 2018-09-21 Permalink | Reply

      I loved reading this post. Thank you very much.
      I want to add:The entire marketing machinery is focused on sensory pleasures and succeeded in making the average man becoming oblivious to other aspects such as happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, joy, ecstasy, inner peace, compassion…..
      Yoga integrates and aligns the 5 “koshas” (sheaths) of being viz. Annamaya (physical), Manomaya (mind), Pranamaya( energy), Jnanamaya (wisdom) and Ananadmaya (Joy).

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  • sitting bull 3:18 on 2018-09-09 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: divine, heaven, posture, , religions   

    Keys to understanding the universe #4: the right posture 

    As explained in the second last article of this series, directions do influence us, and even the most materialistic inclined people know since body-building that specific exercises do train specific muscle groups.

    The same applies to the mind which is known since thousands of years through the many yoga-postures which in its beginning stage of becoming known in the west still are merely seen as a female version of physical wellness, but the spiritual principles behind them are rarely understood.

    However, in all spiritual directions, including the mainstream religions, specific postures were and are embedded in rituals, which then create a process the human has to undergo in order to transform. In a christian mess humble kneeling, attentive standing and sitting is regulated to emphasise on the attitude one should have during certain parts, the folding of hands balances out the left and right brain hemispheres, the islamic kneeling and bowing down which also is a yoga-kriya, levels the heart with the brain to prepare it for devotion, Ashtanga Yoga focusses on the transformation between several postures, and many more aspects can be found everywhere.

    But in order to keep it simple let us focus on the most basic postures which serve as a root of them all and start with the upright position. Why do we always speak from heavenly forces from above? Christians believe in heaven, but we all know that there is no “angel-harp-bliss” somewhere up there. So we have to look at what does happen to us when we are “drawn down” or “uplifted”. Gravity pulls us not actually down, but to the largest body of matter, in our case to earth, so over millennia we agreed on calling earths gravity pull down. But on a cosmic scale we merely are pulled to our nearest matter, hence the downward movement is associated with materialism, whilst the upward movement relates to a transformation out of it. Look at humans on earth – technically they don’t stand up, but out into the universe:

    And now let us see the universe as a bunch of neurones and synapses: The synapses are the knot-like structures, like our planet earth, and the neurones are the connections in between them. In intelligent people the connections between the synapses are improved as the term “lateral thinking” does indicate. When I was in a rehabilitation centre for stroke-recoverers I realised that the less mentally flexible people were, the more damage they had after their stroke. This is why in tests, pupils who had music and math lessons did better in math than those who did have twice the amount of math lessons.

    So what do you actually do when you “rise to the heavens” in an upright meditation posture? You do connect on a macrocosmic scale the synapse earth to the cosmos and create a neurone into space, so on a microscopic level you access that space in between matter, of which there is 96% in the universe and way over 99% in matter. So exterior you are telepathically connecting to other planets and interior to unknown parts of yourself when sitting upright in order to dedicate yourself to the divine (what the next article will be all about).

    Ancient Chinese had a sense for this energy which they called Qi, and Indians an even more non-materialistic one, which is called Prana, which Tibetans also call “Wind-energy”. To distinguish the different aspects of Prana, 4 elements are used (which do correlate to western elements and to a certain extend correlate to the Chinese elements).

    Earth is as mentioned above descending in nature, hence the downward arrow symbol and the line through indicates that it is a final stadium.
    Fire is ascending in nature and transforms matter into Prana, there is no line through, because it is a process transforming earth to air.
    Air is the ultimate upwards energy, hence it has a line through.
    Water, finally, does transform air back into matter (earth), just as rain does, hence no line through.

    In the selected minute of this video is a concise summary of how to influence the elements basic  with postures:

    To sum up the 7-fold Veru Chana Posture meditations: There are different Wind-energies inside a person:

    • The wind which excretes waste enters inside the central nerve channel, eliminating  negative emotions: (click on the symbols to learn more about the elements)
      • When broadening ones shoulders and sitting upright the
        [I assume earth] wind enters and gets rid of anger and ignorance.
        The reason for that is probably best illustrated by displaying the opposite posture: hunched forward and uptight shoulders:
      • When your neck is slightly bend downwards at an angle,and the tip of your tongue touches the palate,then fire-related wind enters and dissipates desire.
        Two postures also call for a slightly downward bend neck: The yoga posture Jalandahara Bandha and  Omphaloskepsis , which is actually a western method of looking at your navel, but by doing that one also has to bend ones neck.
        Think about the humble bowing which surrenders own desire to the divine:

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      • When you lower your eye a bit, so you almost see the tip of your nose, the space-related wind enters and gets rid of egocentric pride.
        Imagine the opposite of pride when being ashamed:
      • When you sit crossed-legged and remain in single-pointed concentration, then water-related wind enters and helps to get rid of jealousy.
        Jealousy is the frustration not to stand in wide macho stance and to fulfil ones ambitions, like climbing the career-ladder (often at the expense of others).
        Hence the crosslegged contained legs contain ones egotistical desires.

        Whilst cross-legged sitting surely was born out of  being practical, this now explains why in the East where the is an emphasis of subduing the ego, spiritual practices emphasise in the Lotus seat, whilst in the West where the I first is supposedly be built up (as Rudolf Steiner said), people resort to the more comfortable chairs.
        Inventions like chairs are also a manifestation of a more intellectual and materialistically approach versus the intuitive one of the east. This is why I think that the North-west of the globe reflects the intellect, whilst the south-east the intuition. In this aquarian age both now become intermingled.
        By the way: If you can not sit crossed-legged for as long as you would like to, do it as I do and sit on a bed, so that you can put the legs down when it becomes unbearable, without having to stop your practice.

    You now can implement this knowledge into your own daily practice.

    <previous article: #3 proper breathing techniques

     
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